Iwo Jima Memorial

Welcome!  This is the home of the world-famous (well, maybe locally well-known) SLR.

Our start time is now 7:00 am for the summer. Every Saturday we meet at North Meade Street Park, a small park northwest of the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Rosslyn. The closest address for mapping purposes is 1300 Arlington Blvd, and street parking is available in the neighborhoods adjacent to N. Meade Street. Be mindful of parking signs, since Arlington County enforces them enthusiastically, and please do not park on Marine Memorial Circle (inside Iwo Jima), because this parking area is for memorial use only. At least one porta-john is available year-round near the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the memorial's water fountain is usually on during the summer.

We run rain or shine! In cases of extreme weather (snow, ice, thunderstorms, heat waves) we do occasionally either change our meeting time or cancel the run, but the run will be held as planned unless otherwise posted via email/twitter/facebook and here on the SLR web page.

All are welcome! We're an informal group, and there are no requirements for speed, racing experience, or what distance means "long" for you, other than the suggested route that most of our group will be running each week. If you don't want to run the same distance or course as the main group, you can go out for half of your own target distance and re-trace your steps back to Iwo Jima. More specific route info and mileage options will be given in the email/post preceding each Saturday's run. SLR always features a run from our extensive Route Catalog, which gives us a wide range of options to keep things fresh for you each week. We have routes that are flat, hilly, looped, out & back, roads, sidewalks, trails, and more, reaching all around the local area of DC, VA, and MD!

For more details about Saturday Long Runs please read our Frequently Asked Questions to get a sense for what it's like to run with us, or send an email to Mike if you have any other questions that are not covered.

We are always looking for volunteers to bring post-run beverages for the group, and mid-run beverages during the summer. To help with beverages, please check out the schedule of needs below and email Mike to book your slot. More info on what you need to do as a volunteer (it's easy!) is on our FAQ page. If you regularly take part in SLR then you should also be volunteering!

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Schedule:

Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post-Run Beverages Mid-Run Beverages
9/15/2018 20 C&O Canal Towpath Cue Sheet & GPS Ryan M. Grace K.
9/22/2018 14 Ross Drive Cue Sheet & GPS Mike M. Christine & Paul W.
9/29/2018 16 Arlington Triangle Cue Sheet & GPS Mike M. Volunteer Needed!
10/6/2018 23 Big Loop East Coming Soon Volunteer Needed! Volunteer Needed!
10/13/2018 14 Mt. Vernon Trail Cue Sheet & GPS Abbey G. N/A
10/20/2018 10 Chain Bridge Loop Cue Sheet & GPS Abbey G. N/A

SLR September 15 - C&O Canal Towpath

Hello Saturday Runners!

We'll be running out & back tomorrow morning on the C&O Canal Towpath (downloads: cue sheet and GPS), for a scheduled distance of 20 miles. Because this route is out & back, it's an easy one to modify for whatever distance you'd like to run, if your personal schedule is calling for something shorter (or longer!) this weekend. If you're going about 18 miles or longer on this route, there's a chance you'll run into some construction around Lock 10 on the Towpath, but if this happens just follow signs for the detour and you should be back on your way soon.

Thank you Ryan Moore for post-run drinks, and Grace Kirkpatrick for mid-run drinks! Mid run beverages will be located on the C&O Towpath trail, at Lock 6, which is about 5.5 miles from the start.

We have beverages mostly covered for the next few weeks, but still need to fill in volunteers for both post-run and mid-run drinks on October 6, so please let me know if you can help out with this. The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Next week on Saturday evening, September 22, we will be having our annual club picnic at the Landon School in Bethesda, with a 3 mile cross-country race beforehand! Bring your family out for good food, good company, and one of the few chances each year to run an open cross-country race. Please register online in advance, even if you do not plan on running and are only attending for the picnic, so that we can get a better estimate of headcount for food.

Coming up in 2 weeks, the club will be putting on the National Capital 20 Miler and 5 Miler races, on Sunday September 30! If you're training for a fall marathon, this race is a great way to test the waters beyond 13.1 miles, without going all-out for another full marathon. Registration and additional information is available here.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR September 8 - Mock MCM

Hello Saturday Runners!

Tomorrow's run will be 16 miles, giving you a chance to check out the Marine Corps Marathon route with a Mock MCM (downloads: cue sheet and GPS). This will take you along (or close to) most of the major sections of the race course, with options to either extend or shorten as needed for your own schedules. If you'd like to add 2 miles, my first recommendation is to turn left in Rosslyn just after the start, running uphill along Lee Hwy until Adams St before turning around back to the route. This will approximate the early hill that you'll have here on race day. For 2 more miles, or if you'd like your 2 additional miles to be flat, after passing the Georgetown Waterfront turn left and head north along Rock Creek for 1 mile out & back. To cut 2 miles and make it 14 instead of 16, skip the National Mall portion, but still run west along Independence, out & back to the Lincoln Memorial before passing the Tidal Basin again and crossing the 14th St bridge.

Thank you Rodrigo Vellon & Christie Wetzel for post-run drinks, and Kyle Edgerton for mid-run drinks! Mid run beverages will be located at the Tidal Basin parking lot off of Maine Ave, near the paddle-boats, between 7 and 8 miles into the run.

We have beverages mostly covered for the rest of the summer, but still need to fill in volunteers for both post-run and mid-run drinks on October 6, so please let me know if you can help out with this. The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Happy running,

Mike

 

SLR September 1 - Normanstone Klingle

Hello Saturday Runners!

Tomorrow we will be running 13 miles on the Normanstone Klingle route (downloads: cue sheet and GPS). If you'd like to go further, you can continue north along Rock Creek Park before turning around to head back, or to shorten the route I'd suggest simply going out & back on Rock Creek without the Normanstone loop. After you pass the Zoo on your way back, I expect that you'll need to run through the Beach Dr tunnel again, due to trail closure in that area.

Thank you to Rodrigo Vellon & Christie Wetzel for post-run drinks, as well as Ruby & Katherine Len for mid-run drinks! Mid run beverages will be located on Klingle Rd (or Woodley Rd just before it), before going downhill along the Klingle Valley Trail into Rock Creek.

We have beverages mostly covered for the rest of the summer, but still need to fill in volunteers for both post-run and mid-run drinks on October 6, so please let me know if you can help out with this. The weekly schedule of volunteers, routes, and distances is always kept up-to-date on the SLR web page, and you can email me any time to book your slot. For general info on how volunteering works see the SLR FAQ or send me an email if you have any other specific questions.

Reminder - if you have not recently renewed your club membership, it expires today! To check your current status or renew if necessary, log in to the club website and go to the My Membership page.

In other news, registration is now open for next year's George Washington's Birthday Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, February 17! This race has the option of either a three-person relay, or of course a solo run of 26.2 miles, and is a great way to stay motivated for wintertime training.

Happy running,

Mike

 

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